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mperry | Posted: 8 Mar 2016 | Updated: 8 Nov 2020

BYU falls to Gonzaga 88-84 in WCC semis


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LAS VEGAS – In a high-stakes semifinal matchup, BYU men’s basketball fell 88-84 to second-seeded Gonzaga Monday night in the West Coast Conference Championships in Las Vegas.

"It wasn't for a lack of effort or a lack of energy or urgency," head coach Dave Rose said. "These guys played their hearts out trying to win this game. Gonzaga was just a little bit better tonight."

Freshman Nick Emery scored a team-high 27 points on 10-of-19 shooting and 5 of 11 from three, while pulling down five boards, dishing out four assists and recording three steals. Kyle Collinsworth registered his 35th career double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds to go with six assists. Chase Fischer added 15 points and Zac Seljaas chipped in with nine off the bench.

With 8:36 left in the game, BYU narrowed the deficit to 68-67 as Fischer drained a three from the left wing for his first of the game.

BYU again cut the deficit to a one-point margin, 71-70, but Gonzaga's Kyle Wiltjer hit the team's 11th three of the game to take a four-point lead at the 3:54 media timeout.

The Bulldogs extended their lead to seven on their 12th three of the game, 81-74, but a Fischer 3-pointer and an Emery layup kept BYU in it with 1:21 left to play.

With 31 seconds on the clock, Fischer knocked down his third three of the game to bring the Cougars within three, 85-82. 

But free throws sealed the fate of the game as the Zags converted 3 of 4 from the free-throw line while BYU was forced to shoot threes en route to the final tally.

Gonzaga shot 49 percent in the game, including 12 of 28 from three, and took the rebounding advantage 40-33. BYU registered 44 percent shooting from the floor and 10 of 26 from 3-point range while holding the 40-28 advantage on points in the paint. 

Gonzaga jumped out to a 13-5 lead by the 15:55 media timeout on three made 3-pointers.

Out of the timeout, Emery hit his first two 3-point attempts to bookend another Zag three, cutting the lead to 16-11 with 15:04 to play in the half.

The Cougars closed the gap even further with three straight layups from Collinsworth, Austin and Emery, who also converted the three-point play to bring the tally to 23-18 at the 11:59 mark.

With 6:18 to play, the Bulldogs had taken a 10-point lead as the Cougars made only 2 of their previous 10, but the margin was reduced back to six on an Emery layup and a Kaufusi dunk after the media timeout.

Emery’s third three brought BYU to within three points before the Bulldogs scored eight consecutive points sparked by their seventh 3-pointer of the half. They rebuilt their lead to 44-35 with just over three minutes until halftime.

BYU closed the half on a 12-3 run, tying the game at the buzzer, 47-47, on Kaufusi’s tip-slam as time expired.

The Zags went up 61-54 in the second half, but Emery’s fifth 3-pointer made it a four-point game as he knocked down the corner shot with 14:15 on the clock.

The two teams exchanged field goals and free throws over the next few minutes as Gonzaga held a 67-62 lead at the 12 minute mark.

After the under 12 media timeout, Emery made a jumper to bring the Cougars within three, 67-64, but BYU couldn’t overtake the Bulldogs as the game remained tight down the stretch.

The Cougars will learn of their postseason fate on Sunday, March 12.


Kyle Chilton | Posted: 6 Mar 2016 | Updated: 8 Nov 2020
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BYU vs. Gonzaga in semis of WCC Championships


BYU vs. Gonzaga Game Notes

No. 3 seed BYU basketball will face No. 2 seed Gonzaga in the semifinals of the 2016 West Coast Conference Championships Monday at 8:30 p.m. PST in the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas. The winner of BYU vs. Gonzaga will face the winner of No. 1 seed Saint Mary's and No. 4 seed Pepperdine on Tuesday.

Monday's game will be televised live on ESPN2 and broadcast live on the Cougar IMG Sports Network, KSL NewsRadio 102.7 FM/1160 AM and BYU Radio – Sirius XM 143. Live video streaming will be available on

BYU Storylines

  • With Saturday’s 72-60 win over Santa Clara, BYU has advanced to the semifinals of the West Coast Conference Championships for the third-straight season and fourth time in five years. The Cougars will be playing Gonzaga for the fourth time in the WCC Championships and seeking their first win against the Bulldogs in Las Vegas.
  • Freshmen Nick Emery and Zac Seljaas each hit 3 3s against Santa Clara and combined for 27 points. Over the last four games, the duo has combined to hit 22 3s, including 12 from Emery and 10 from Seljaas.
  • BYU collected several accolades when the West Coast Conference honors were announced last week. Senior Kyle Collinsworth was named the WCC Player of the Year and first-team All-WCC. Fellow senior Chase Fischer was also named to the First Team while freshman Nick Emery was named to the Second and Freshman Teams.

No. 3 seed BYU Cougars (23-9, 13-5 WCC)

  • Head Coach: Dave Rose
  • Alma Mater: Houston, 1983
  • Division I Career Record: 280-97 (11th)
  • Record at BYU: Same

No. 2 seed Gonzaga Bulldogs (24-7, 15-3 WCC WCC)

  • Head Coach: Mark Few
  • Alma Mater: Oregon, 1987
  • Career Record: 462-110 (17th)
  • Record at Gonzaga: Same

Game Information

  • TV: ESPN2
  • TV Talent: Bret Musburger (play-by-play), Fran Fraschilla (analyst)
  • Live Video:
  • Radio: Cougar IMG Sports Network, KSL 102.7 FM / 1160 AM, Sirius XM 143
  • Radio Talent: Greg Wrubell (play-by-play), Mark Durrant (analyst)
  • Live Stats:

Series Information

  • Series Record: Gonzaga leads 10-5
  • Last Meeting: Gonzaga won 71-68, 2/27/16
  • H/A/N: 2-3/2-3/1-4
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